Titles reviewed by Library readers and staff
By Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Another good one by this duo! Put together a renegade therapist and unconventional methods, plus two people who might or might not be what they appear…devoured it! It was completely absorbing and fun to get lost in a book, to tear myself away as necessary and then count the time ’til I could get back to it. –Cathy Grace
Such a fun story! Love 1st person! Grabbed me into it on the first page. Great writing. Marisa and Avery were great female protagonists. –Anonymous reader
By Ed Davis
This book gave me a glimpse of a different life–that of hobos riding freights. The characters were well-drawn; great illustrations.
By Sally Hepworth
Engaging characters, each with secrets. Who to believe?? I liked the short chapters and that, combined with the story, made it compulsively readable.
By Eden Robinson
A first-person narrative story of a young First Nations girl/woman growing up in British Columbia, in the late 1900s. Published in 2000. The story jumps through time, like the magical, poetic writing style. Sparse language, descriptive and lush. Robinson has published a recent trilogy. I would love to have them available to read.
By Adrian Shirk
Stinko. Too academic, wandering. I like learning about Utopian communities, but this was boring.
By Tom Clavin
Very informative, nothing like it for my library, although I would suggest simplifying expressions and a two-part book, part I for Childhood and learning to fly, and Part II for prisoner of war.
By Katherine Seligman
Narrator’s perspective was unique–a homeless person–but plot and characters were flat. Felt like a worthless day n the life. The book really humanized homeless people. We often walk by them without a glance. I would possibly recommend it for a YA audience.
By Diane Chamberlain
The writing is good, and the topic important. I had a hard time empathizing with Ellie due to the way she contributed to Win’s death. Ellie came across as a clueless, entitled white girl/woman who should have known better and not put Win’s life in jeopardy.
By Patricia Engel
A well written and engaging story from multiple perspectives about immigration, legal and not, so very timely. I liked it because of the blending of local conditions in Colombia with person experience of migration and insight into that experience.
By Marie Benedict
OK, it’s pretty much a given that I would pick up a historical novel about a librarian… But this is so captivating! The woman who curated JP Morgan’s library was a fascinating character, a woman excelling in the “man’o world” of manuscript acquisition. And she had and lived with a huge secret her whole life! She was black, passing as white. Such a vital story today, too.
By Naomi Hirahara
I love historical fiction, and this was the first time I’d read about the treatment of the Japanese during WWII. I loved the way she developed the characters. The “bad guys” were really the “good guys” and vice versa!
By Louis Sachar
One of my favorite books. Quick, silly, and sometimes insightful vignettes about students and teachers at Wayside, a school that was built sideways so it’s 30 stories tall. (The builder said he was very sorry.) Great for bedtime, read-alouds, or children who like quick, funny reads!
By Sara Gruen
Sara Gruen has a unique way of entering the reader right into her story with both great dialogue and descriptive words. This story leaves you struggling with personal feelings toward its characters and guessing where the story will end. A book quite difficult to put down.
By Janet Robertson
An enduring classic, celebrating women adventurers here in Colorado. Check out my grandmother (Harriet Vaille Bouck) and great aunt (Agnes Vaille) who both left a legacy that endures today on Rocky Mountain National Park and, in particular, Longs Peak. Woman power!
By Diane Chamberlain
Very unusual plot, a few too many coincidences but fascinating. Lots of details about art, restoration of art and about the South. Excellent use of situation-appropriate idioms as the time changed from 1939 to 2018. It’s nice to have a book mainly about good people.
By Don Stilson
Did you know Don? Sadly, he died in 2017. But through this newly-published book of stories, you can get acquainted and see what/who you missed.
The stories are classified as fiction, but ring true in many ways and carry a lot of truth, as well as the flavor of our area and of the lifestyle of a modern cattle-raising couple. Ranging from laugh-out-loud funny to throat-lump poignant, every story is a winner.